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Svensson (also Svenson and anglicised Swensson, Swenson or Swanson) is the ninth most common Swedish family name,[1] and literally means "son of Sven", or "Sven's son", originally a patronymic surname. Sven (in Danish and Norwegian also Svend and in Norwegian also "Svein") is a Nordic first name which is used throughout Scandinavia, Estonia and Germany. The name itself is Old Norse for "Young man" or "Young warrior."[2]

In Swedish, "Svensson" is used to signify an ordinary Swede, as is "Hon är en riktig svensson" ("She's a real Svensson"). The term is not derogatory, rather descriptive.

Notable Svenssons[edit]

Film and television

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  1. ^ Statistics Sweden
  2. ^ "Sven disambiguation". Retrieved 5/3/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)